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Online Bachelor of Science: Nursing (RN to BSN)

Why Choose Mount Mercy for My Nursing Bachelor’s Degree?

Mount Mercy University’s RN-to-BSN completion program is tailored to current registered nurses who seek the advancement opportunities available to those with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program is designed to include credit for your prior learning and takes into consideration your scheduling needs as a working adult.

Applicants to the RN-to-BSN program must hold a current, active RN license.

What Is It Like to Earn a Nursing Degree Online?

How Will Mount Mercy’s Online RN-to-BSN Program Fit My Schedule?

You can view your classes any time during a given week, and weekly deadlines help you stay on track.

Classes are offered online in accelerated 5- and 10-week courses. We offer nine start dates per year so you can begin coursework (and graduate) faster. Full-time RN-to-BSN students can finish in 18 to 24 months.

How Will I Interact with Instructors and Classmates?

You’ll complete your coursework entirely within Mount Mercy’s application-based online portal while enjoying opportunities to connect with your instructors and classmates through:

  • Discussion forums
  • Project-based work (both group and individual)
  • Online office hours or supplemental video sessions

Course content is delivered through a variety of formats:

  • Written lectures and readings
  • PowerPoints with audio
  • Instructor video recordings


Mount Mercy University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The RN-to-BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Due to state laws and regulations, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program is not available to residents of the following states:

  • Geographic Limitations
    • Alabama
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maryland
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oregon
    • Tennessee
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
    • Wyoming

How Will Mount Mercy’s RN-to-BSN Program Help Me in the Real World?

When you graduate, you will be better able to:

  • Integrate knowledge derived from liberal arts, science, and nursing in your professional nursing practice
  • Appropriately select and implement nursing interventions
  • Embrace the culture of the profession of nursing
  • Engage in experiences that promote personal and professional growth
  • Respect the value and dignity of human life

What Career Opportunities Could I Have with a BSN?

In addition to providing better care as a registered nurse, earning your BSN can open doors to other nursing career paths, such as:

  • Registered Nurse Supervisor
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Nursing Manager
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Director of Nursing

Can a BSN in Nursing Boost My Salary?

Nurses with a BSN often earn substantially more than RNs. Entry-level nurses with a bachelor’s degree typically have a salary ranging from $31,000 to $38,000 per year, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. While salary opportunities vary from individual to individual, the opportunity for raises is high. For nurses in their careers five years or more, the national average salary is over $50,000, with many earning over $60,000.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2017

What Courses Will I Take?

In addition to your general education classes and electives, your nursing degree will include courses such as these:

  • Nursing Courses
    • Concepts in Baccalaureate Education
    • Pathophysiology/Assessment/Genetics
    • Pharmacotherapeutics
    • Population-Based Nursing
    • Professional Aspects of Nursing
    • RN-BSN Practicum Seminar

How Much Does a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Cost?

Cost per online credit hour

10% off
Tuition discount for employees of partner organizations

No Fees
Beyond tuition and books

Up to 75
transferrable credit hours which saves time and money!

Financial Aid

Mount Mercy encourages you to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

  • Federal and state grants and loans
  • Tuition reimbursement from employers
  • 10% tuition discount for employees of partner organizations
  • Veterans’ benefits such as the Yellow Ribbon program and G.I. Bill®

Find out more about financial aid ›

Transfer Credit Policies

We want to make sure your prior academic work counts. You can transfer up to 93 credits from four year, regionally-accredited institutions and up to 63 semester hours from two-year institutions, subject to the Mount Mercy credit transfer policy. Some credit from unaccredited institutions may also be transferred on a case-by-case basis. Keep in mind, though, that the final 30 credits of your degree must be taken at Mount Mercy.

How Do I Get Started?

Get in Touch with an Enrollment Specialist

Learn more about this program and get answers to any other questions you may have about Mount Mercy.

  • Call (877) 643-6181 to speak with a Mount Mercy enrollment specialist
  • Email to set up a time to talk
  • Click Request Info and an enrollment specialist will contact you

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